An Indianapolis attorney is now prevented from practicing law in the Hoosier state after Indiana Supreme Court justices accepted her resignation from the Indiana bar.
Members of the high court in a June 4 order accepted Octavia Snulligan’s resignation, effective immediately. Snulligan’s resignation comes pursuant to Indiana Admission and Discipline Rule 23(17), which requires an acknowledgement of a pending investigation into allegations of attorney misconduct that she could not successfully defend herself against if prosecuted.
The Supreme Court in October 2019 suspended Snulligan from the practice of law in Indiana for failing to cooperate with the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission concerning a grievance filed against her. In March, the justices ordered Snulligan’s suspension to be converted to an indefinite suspension, effective immediately.
Any attorney disciplinary proceedings pending against Snulligan are now dismissed as moot, and she will be ineligible to petition for reinstatement to the practice of law for five years from the date of the order.
“If Respondent seeks reinstatement, the misconduct admitted in Respondent’s affidavit of resignation, as well as any other allegations of misconduct, may be addressed in the reinstatement process. Approval of a petition for reinstatement is discretionary and requires clear and convincing evidence of the petitioner’s remorse, rehabilitation, and fitness to practice law. Acceptance of Respondent’s resignation from the bar serves only to remove Respondent from the practice of law and does not relieve Respondent from any liability she might have for her misconduct under civil or criminal law,” Chief Justice Loretta Rush wrote in the order.
The costs of the proceeding are assessed against Snulligan.
The case is In the Matter of: Octavia F. Snulligan, 20S-DI-331.